Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows 7: How to save yourself | Fox News

With the end of Windows 7 approaching, what can users do? They can keep using the operating system but it will become a dicey proposition – unless they start paying for support. “Windows 7 will continue to run but Microsoft won’t issue any more free updates for it, including security patches,” Converge360’s Mackie said. That could make Windows 7 PCs extremely vulnerable. “Once flaws in Windows 7 are publicly known, they are frequently used for attacks. After the January 2020 date, though, Microsoft likely won’t fix these vulnerabilities for most users,” he added.

File photo: A sign marks the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. January 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Source: Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows 7: How to save yourself | Fox News

Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.

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Source: Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

If you are “Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft’s Next Update Is Critical” | PCMag

There are still many folks out there standing by Windows 7… If you are one of those people, it is important (actually critical) that you get the next Windows 7 update. Also, as a further note, support for Windows 7 is set to end on Jan 14. 2020

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If you want to continue receiving Windows updates, then the next Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 update is critical as it adds support for SHA-2 encryption. Without it, future updates can’t be downloaded.

Source: Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft’s Next Update Is Critical

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7

Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7 — apart from for those who are willing to pay for it. The company is offering up to three years of Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU), and pricing has just been revealed.

Source: Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Forbes: Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

According to this article, Microsoft has announced that it will indeed start charging Windows 7 customers a monthly fee from January 14th 2020, if they want to keep their computers safe.

Microsoft has always described Windows 10 “as a service” and leaks have already revealed new monthly charges are coming. Of course, for Windows 7 owners this was never something they expected to pay. But times change…

Source: Forbes: Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

Get Windows 7 Classic Games On Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10 and suffering from depression, as a result of missing your Windows 7 Classic Games, there is a solution. Go to Winaero.com and download the ZIP archive that contains those classic games that you so much miss (such as Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Minesweeper, FreeCell, Hearts, Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans, Purble Place, Internet Spades, Internet Checkers, and Internet Backgammon)…  Unzip the archive, run the setup and voila’ your depression will soon be gone!  Enjoy…

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Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal– A year ago I would have told you that Microsoft was behind the eight ball and was not in tune with the current devices (such as tablets, smartphones, etc.) which are supported by cloud computing. A year later I am seeing a new Microsoft that is quickly rebounding and doing things that I never thought I would see them do.

One example (of late) is their pricing model changes and incentives with Microsoft Office 365.  If you do not know what Microsoft Office 365 is, let me break it down in one sentence. Microsoft Office 365 is an online subscription service to Microsoft Office where you pay an annual fee to keep Office on your computer (and other devices).

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There are quite a few pricing models for Microsoft Office 365, but the latest deal that jumped out at me was Microsoft Office 365 Personal where Microsoft has thrown in a Terabyte of online storage and 60 Skype minutes for $6.99 a month (or $69.99 a year at a 16% savings).

Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.

What is making this sweet is the terabyte of online storage (and the Skype minutes); PLUS, the satisfaction of knowing that your version of Microsoft Office is always up to date.

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[ANDROID APP] The simplest possible way to create daily countdowns – Simply set a date and a label (or don’t, your call!) and let the magic happen. This date can be in the future or the past… @Google Play

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[WEB BROWSER] Slimjet – Get More Done In Less Time – Faster browser startup, faster page loading, highly responsive UI powered by industry-leading Blink engine… @Slimjet

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[TECH NEWS] What 18 Popular Websites Used To Look Like – A comparison between then and now… @Business Insider

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[ANDROID SECURITY] 14 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps – Antivirus Android apps have exploded over the last year. Despite Android’s mostly secure internal security, there are millions of people who just like having extra security around for those just-in-case scenarios… @Android Authority

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[WINDOWS 7] Windows 7 will be patched until 2020 – Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 in January, but security updates will continue for at least a further five years. Microsoft has previously announced that business PCs running Windows 7 will stop being offered for sale in early 2015… @PCAuthority

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[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Extract Text from JPG with FREE JPG to Word Converter – JPG to Word is a free OCR software to convert JPG to Word document. This free OCR software extracts text from jpg images (scanned jpg images, online images, etc.) and lets you save that text as Word file (*.doc)… @I Love Free Software

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[HOW TO] How To Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode From A Desktop Shortcut – We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information… @Addictive Tips

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What’s On My PC – Geek Squeaks’ for the Week

THE ROUND-UP FOR THE WEEK:

HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD? is a web based utility that will assist (and educate) you on creating secure passwords. Most home based folks have a tendency to maintain easy to guess passwords and often use the same password on numerous sites.  I do not foresee this changing until other “more secure” options appear (more info below)…

HOT ARTICLE THIS WEEK AT WHAT’S ON MY PC was “LIMITED TIME ONLY – Rack Up Free Gigabytes Of Online Storage Space”. If you want some online storage, be sure to check this out (more info below)…

PROTECT (AND LOCK) INSTALLED ANDROID APPS on your smartphone or tablet with the FREE utility called App Lock (more info below)…

TOP TEN: MAKING WINDOWS 8.1 WORK LIKE WINDOWS 7 is featured on this week’s random tech site selection (more info below)…

AxCrypt – Password Protect Files With Strong Encryption is a FREE file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files. I use this to encrypt files I store online (more info below)…

THIS WEEK’S WALLPAPER is of a white dove with a blue background.  I figured I may as well include a wallpaper each week in the round-up… (more info below)…

I GAVE UP THE INKJET PRINTER AND WENT WITH A LASER PRINTER (Brother HL-2270DW). As a result I gave up scanning capability and color printing. I now scan with my smartphone and pipe the scan job to the printer. I don’t miss the color, due if I want photos printed, I use either a local kiosk or use one of the online service.  So far I love this printer; and, not forgetting to mention it is going to save me money when I have to replace the toner cartridge. One of the low end cartridges gives me the ability to print 1200 page and for a few bucks more I can get the better cartridge for 2600 pages.  This printer prints from the cloud, prints duplex, and is fast (more info below)…

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How Secure Is My Password?

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Go to “How Secure Is My Password” and test out some passwords to your ability to create secure passwords… GET IT HERE


Get FREE 15 GB and An Additional 5 GB
By Following The Directions Below

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To celebrate the launch of COPY, they are offering 5 GB of additional space for every person that is referred to their service. The person who takes advantage of the referral also gets a 5 GB bonus on top of the 15 GB (for a total of 20 GB). From what I am reading, there is no limit to the number of referrals and you must install one of their apps (desktop or mobile) to take advantage of this opportunity in order to be credited for the 5 GB bonus… GET YOUR GIGABYTES HERE


App Lock (Smart App Protector)

(Android)

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The Best App Lock downloaded more than 10 Million Times

Smart App Protector (App Lock) is an App Locker or App Protector that will protect your installed applications using a password or pattern!(Facebook, WhatsApp, Line, Twitter, Snapchat, Skype, Gallery, Camera, Gmail and any app you choose)

✔ Protects(Locks) installed Apps using password(PIN or Words), pattern, or gesture
✔ Detects and Takes a picture of the Intruder(after failed attempts to unlock)
✔ Support Fake Forced Close pop-up(instead of lock screen)
✔ Set individual passwords for each app(multiple passwords)
✔ Support a variable size pattern(1×1 ~ 18×18)

Other Features:

• Lock screen timeout and Lock screen rotation
• Lock incoming calls and outgoing calls
• Wi-Fi whitelist to deactivate lock at whitelisted locations
• Set Lock Time to only activate lock at certain time
• Lock 3G data
• Remote Lock by SMS keyword

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This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

WindowsITPro

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Top Ten: Making Windows 8.1 Work Like Windows 7 – Windows 8.1 was Microsoft’s rushed attempt to fix the problems in the original Windows 8 release, and although the update helped, it unfortunately just didn’t go far enough. Fortunately, there are several ways you can tweak your Windows 8.1 system to provide a better and more Windows 7–like experience… READ MORE


AxCrypt

Password Protect Files With Strong Encryption

Over 2,960,729 registrations

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AxCrypt is used to share and work with stored documents, and e-mail attachments, in a secure manner.

If your documents reside on a document sharing service, intranet or file server AxCrypt is especially well suited and will usually seamlessly integrate, and make sharing and storing sensitive data as easy as not protecting it.

To send secure e-mail, agree on a pass phrase and ensure that all parties have AxCrypt, then send your encrypted files as regular attachments. With the pass phrase cache and the double-click edit feature even many turns over e-mail is as easy as without encryption.

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Wallpaper of the Week

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Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

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The Brother HL-2270DW is a compact, monochrome laser printer includes built-in wireless and Ethernet network interfaces for small office or home office printer sharing. Offering a fast print speed and automatic duplex capability, you can print professional-looking two-sided documents and booklets with ease. In addition, its stylish, space-saving design fits virtually anywhere and complements any environment. Affordable to own and operate, the HL-2270DW uses a high-yield replacement toner cartridge± to help reduce your operating costs.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED… GET IT HERE


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Discover Breaking News As Soon As It Breaks

Another sad day in the United States. Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S. – Source (AP)

I started thinking is there a service out there that can provide us with breaking news as it happens and push it out there to our computers, smartphones and tablets? Sadly, in today’s world, getting the news as fast as you can is important toward maintaining one’s safety.

The service I came across that pushes the biggest breaking stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, is called just that, Breaking News.

Breaking News App

Breaking News is part of the of the NBC News Digital Network; however, the service is a fully independent, agnostic news organization that brings you the biggest stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, from more than a 160 news and eyewitness sources across the globe. Breaking News also is available as an app that will work off of the Android, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Samsung Smart TV platforms.

Going back to this tragic event, my heart goes out to anyone that was a victim of this senseless act and I pray that the people of this country, who feel there is division, show the world that we are truly one nation under God that can come together in time of need.

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Pin Anything To The Taskbar With Taskbar Pinner

Today I came across a one of the kind, really useful tool, called Taskbar Pinner that makes pinning anything to the Windows 7 or Windows 8 taskbar an easy task.

Taskbar Pinner

Taskbar Pinner is portable; therefore, simply download, run, and select from Pin a File, Pin a Folder, Pin a Shell Location (i.e. control panel, recycle bin, etc…) or Pin a Library (such as your document, music, picture or video folder). You can also check “Explorer context menu” which allows you to use Taskbar Pinner in Windows explorer. To read more details on Taskbar Pinner [ click here ]

  • to pin ANYfile regardless of its type;
  • to pin ANYfolder;
  • to pin drive;
  • to pin Control Panel items, all them including some hidden like God Mode/All Tasks, Network Connections;
  • to pin Libraries;
  • to pin Shell Objects like Run command, “Miminze All”, Window Switcher;
  • to pin any drive,all folders and all files via Explorer Context Menu;
  • to pin any folders or files with drag and drop. Drop them on application window.
  • to pin any folders or files via command line:taskbarpinner.exe "path\to\desired\location"

Note:One thing I ran into is that when I went to extract the dowloadable Taskbarpinner zip file (that contains the Windows 7 and Windows 8 versions), I was prompted to overwrite the files.  If that occurs, simply select “no” and the file will extract properly.  Otherwise, the program works as indicated…  Also, if you try to run the Windows 7 version on Windows 8 (and vice versus), the program will crash.

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Unlock The Secret Options In Windows 7

Most techs have heard of the Windows 7 GodMode where there is a trick to creating a folder and giving it a special name [see here] to enable GodMode. GodMode is a hidden control panel that contains everything, in one place, about Windows 7 in terms of options, settings, customizations, etc…

Getting to GodMode can be a tricky venture for some; however, I came across a nice utility that gives you the ability to enable or disable God Mode in one mouse click. It is called the Windows 7 GodMode ToolSimply download the tool to a folder, unzip the tool and double click on the Windows 7 GodMode Tool file to launch the utility. When the interface loads simply click on “Enable GodMode”.

GodMode

After you click on “Enable GodMode” the tool button will change to “Disable GodMode” and an icon will appear on your desktop that is labelled “GodMode”.  Click on the “GodMode” icon to launch into the GodMode settings.

GodMode

To disable GodMode, simply run the Windows 7 GodMode Tool again and click on “Disable GodMode”.

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The Windows 7 Welcome Screen Suddenly Came Back To Life

I sometimes have those days where my brain shuts down and I have a difficult time coming up with content for the blog. Yesterday was no exception, until I turned on my computer (which is running Windows 7 Home Premium) and noticed that my computer booted to the Windows 7 Welcome Screen instead of the Windows Desktop.

The Windows 7 Welcome Screen is the screen you will typically see if you have your Windows sessions’ password protected or you have the computer set up for multi-users. What caused this change of events, I have not a clue; but, I had the computer originally configured to boot directly to the desktop (and bypass the Welcome Screen).

As I mentioned, I was brain dead and could not for the life of me find an option on the computer to disable the Welcome Screen. Not only that, a change occurred to my computer without my blessing that raised a red flag and caused me to run a malware scan (just to be on the safe side). After getting the scan off my plate, which came up clean, I went to work researching this matter (Sources: About.com PC Support, Leateds and SevenForums).

What I found is this; AND, if I am wrong, please feel free to correct me.  There is no option built into Windows 7 Home Premium to openly turn the Welcome Screen “off” or to bypass this. With Windows 7 Home Premium there is a fix and you will need to do this:

  1. Click on the “Start” button.
  2. Click on “Run”
  3. In the “Run” box, type netplWiz.exe and hit “Enter”
  4. You should now see the “User Accounts” box or applet (which, by the way, provides more advanced options to managing the accounts on your PC).

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  5. At the top section of the “User Accounts” box, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
  6. Click on “apply” and the “Automatically Log On” dialog box will appear. In my case, it automatically loaded my username and I left the password entry box and confirm password entry box blank.

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  7. Click “OK” and “OK” again and  you should be good to go…

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Theme Your Windows 7 Desktop to Make It Look Like Windows 8

Want to get the look of Windows 8 on your Windows 7 PC?  Then take a look at the Windows 8 UX Pack. The pack will give you the Windows 8 experience including Windows 8 Login Screen, Themes, Wallpapers, Metro UI (Newgen), Aero’s Auto-Colorization, Taskbar UserTile and more. Keep in mind, this is only a theme pack and if you do not like it, the developer has included an uninstall option via the Windows Control Panel. Also, appears that the developer continues to improve this and make it better. Pretty impressive work in my opinion…

Features:

  • M3 user interface for installation/configuration
  • One-click installation/configuration
  • UxStyle memory patching
  • Windows8 Aero Glass or Lite theme
  • Instant M2 and M3 wallpaper/logon screen customization
  • UserTile with current user/wallpaper auto configured on login

Windows 8 UX Pack

Windows 8 UX Pack

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You can remotely control any computer
as if you were sitting right in front of it – even through firewalls.

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and how to stay secure.

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Great Instructional Videos to Learn the Basics of Windows 7

I am always on the hunt for instructional material for people that use their computers in their homes. With Windows 7, Microsoft has done a pretty good job with providing help and assistance; however, if you are not familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows, then locating these helpful tips can be a chore in itself. Also factor in the point that most people today do not have time to sit and read something that will not hold their attention span and is difficult to understand.

Windows 7 Basics

To resolve this issue, one solution is through video instruction,. I went on the hunt and found a nice array of FREE instructional videos on learning Windows 7 Basics at a website called Mahalo.

Mahalo - Windows 7 Basics

The videos are provided by Sean Hewitt, a Mahalo’s Windows expert.  The videos are very nicely organized and broken down into categories with a listing of videos under each category. The videos themselves are approximately 1-4 minutes or less in duration. When you launch a video, note that below the video window there is also provided easy to understand textual and pictorial descriptions of the material being presented. You can easily move from lesson to lesson following any video you have completed.

Follow this course and you will be able to use some of the more advanced Windows features. The curriculum consists of visual lessons starting at the basics and moving up to advanced. Although each lesson is taught in a manner that anyone can follow, even advanced users are guaranteed to learn some new tricks. The only thing you need for this course is to be ready to learn!

Category topics available are:

Windows 7 Navigation 25:06

System Settings 27:27

Browsing the Internet 31:45

Customize Windows 24:24

Basic Programs 30:28

Windows Media Center 11:32

Advanced Features 22:03

Test Your Knowledge 5:27

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[Did You Know?] – About the Windows 7 Mouse Shake Feature

There is a feature in Windows 7 that can come in quite handy in those instances where you have multiple windows open and you want to minimize those windows with the exception of the one you are working in.  It is called Aero Shake.

Here is how it works:  Let’s say for example you have four windows open and one of those Windows is Internet Explorer.  You decide you want to focus your attention on Internet Explorer and minimize the other three windows. Instead of minimizing each one separately, simply position the mouse pointer on the top of the Internet Explorer pane, hold down the left mouse button and give the mouse a shake. If you did this correctly, all the windows will minimize to the taskbar with the exception of Internet Explorer. Again, this was example (using Internet Explorer) and will work with any window you have open.

Video Demo of Aero Shake

Video - Aero Shake

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How To Restore The Menu Bar In Vista And Windows 7

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A Windows Media Center TV Screen Size Fix

Recently I cleaned the slate on my PC and performed a reinstall of my operating system (Windows 7 Home Premium). Following the installation, which went very well, I did experience a TV Screen Size issue, in the Windows Media Center, where the TV display aspect ratio was locked into the 4:3 (square display) mode and would not let me change it to the 16:9 (widescreen display) mode.

After researching this on the internet, I discovered that many people have experienced this issue; especially, with various HP computers with the NVidia video cards. What I discovered is that the fix, in most cases, is really an easy fix, but is not what you think it would be . Now, this may not work in all instances; however, I felt compelled to put the fix (that worked for me) out there in the event someone else is troubled by this problem.

A fix to this issue requires you to go into Windows Media Center, startup the TV and when the TV display is on your monitor screen, simply right mouse click in the middle of the display. After you right mouse click, you will see a blue band appear at the bottom of the screen. You can’t miss it.  On the right side of this band you will see a right and left arrow. Click on the right arrow and the band will change with various options available. When you see the option for Zoom, stop at that point. By default, it will be on Zoom 1. Give the other zoom levels a try. I found that Zoom Level 4 perfectly aligned my display to match the size of my widescreen display (16:9 ratio).

Windows Media Center

I know this fix may not be a fix for everyone who is experiencing this issue; however, in most cases by following these steps will fix the problem. The option to change the display is right under our noses; however, there is nothing readily visible to let you know this option is even there.

If you are wondering how I am watching TV on my computer, then check out this article Watch Cable TV on your Computer .

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FREE – Windows 7 Power Users Guide

The Windows Power Users Guide is a MUST HAVE book to get the most out of Windows 7 that is for people of all technical ability. The book (now FREE as an eBook) was first published in 2009 by Mike Halsey (MVP).  Mike is also author of the famous book Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out from Microsoft Press…

The Windows 7 Power Users Guide

The book contains 16 chapters and is a guide on how to get the very best out of Windows 7 from installation to configuration and advanced operations. It includes step-by-step guides, screenshots and diagrams on every page, quick tips throughout the book and is presented in full colour.

TheWindows 7 Power Users Guide contains helpful how-to’s, full colour pictures and quick tips to guide you through everything from using the Start Menu and Taskbar to backing up your documents and identifying and fixing problems.

You can get your hands on the book [HERE] .

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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Be Patient During the Install

You may have been hearing that Microsoft released a Service Pack update for Windows 7 (called Service Pack 1).  To determine if your Windows 7 PC is ready to receive this update, click on “Start”, click on “Run”, then type “wuapp” in the dialog box and click “OK”. This will take you directly to the Windows Update applet in the Control Panel. From there you can view your update history and determine what updates are available (i.e. important updates and optional updates). The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update will be under the “important updates”. It is from there you can launch the installation of Service Pack 1.

Windows Update

Now, the thing to keep in mind, is that Service Pack updates often can take some time to install; therefore, do not fall  for the sense that the install process is hanging. Just be patient and let the install do its’ magic. It is not uncommon for Service Packs to take over 30 minutes to install and the end result often requires a reboot.

You can also download the Service Pack directly from Microsoft from [HERE] ; however, my advice is to go the Windows Update route with this’; especially if it is a home based PC.

Compared to Service Pack updates for previous operating system (such as Windows XP and Vista), the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 update is a piece of cake and is important to install to smooth out any rough edges in the operating system. The good about Windows 7 is that there are very few rough edges.

Another article to help you get though this service pack update can be found [HERE] .

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Hidden Hi-Def Wallpapers and Themes in Windows 7

Many of the techies out there may know of this, but I am sure most non-techies do not.  Hidden in Windows 7 is some FREE high definition wallpapers and themes that relate to various countries such as Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, and South Africa.

To get to this treasure, click on “Start”, click on “Run” and type (or copy/paste) the following in the “Run” box, then click “OK”.

c:\windows\globalization\MCT

An Explorer window will open that displays various folders for each of the countries previously mentioned.

Hidden Wallpaper

Double click to open any of the folders and you will see a folder with the actual country name. Open that folder and you will find the hi-def wallpapers for that county. You can double click to view the wallpaper or you can right mouse click and select “set as desktop background”. You will also see a “Theme” folder that contains the theme for each country.  If you double click on a theme file you will be taken to  the Windows 7 Personalization where you can manage the theme.

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Gain Added Protection On Your PC with Immunet

Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts, who was actually one of the people to get me started in blogging, recently posted an article about an exciting security product called Immunet 3.0, that I encourage you to read.

Immunet

I’m not going to get into great detail about Immunet because I want you to read Bill’s article first; but, I will tell you this, I installed Immunet on all of my PC’s; AND what is so cool about this security application (that will help protect your PC) is that it is a “companion security product”.  What this means is that it is engineered to run alongside your other security products. For example, I am now using Immunet alongside Microsoft Security Essentials, which is my primary level of protection. From my initial testing I can’t even tell it is on my system due it uses miminal system resources. My gut is telling me that this is definitely a security product to consider.

If you want good insight on this security product (which is totally FREE), read Bill’s article about Immunet 3.0 [ HERE ] .

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Windows 7 – Powerful and Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

Recently, a blogging associate, Steve at Scronocolo contacted me to let me know that he had posted an article about “Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts”. Following that article Steve thoroughly researched and posted a second “how to” article titled; “Going Mouseless or How to Use a PC With a Keyboard”, that he asked I share with you.

Keyboard Shortcuts

I did not realize that built into Windows 7 there is an option available, that that will allow you to use the numeric keypad, on your keyboard, to control the movement of the mouse pointer. This may prove helpful in the event your mouse suddenly stops working and you need to navigate around to fix problems.

Reading Steve’s article, he also shares with us the most powerful and useful keyboard shortcuts that are useful in Windows 7. Pretty cool article!  Take a look at it [ HERE ].

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows XP, Vista and 7

Keyboard ShortcutsFollowing a recent post, I had a reader ask if I could provide some resources on where to find and how to use keyboard shortcuts. Ironically, following that comment, Steve over at Scoroncocolo had posted a very thorough article about Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts.  If your operating system is Windows 7, then you need to take a look at some of the cool shortcuts that Steve will show you [ HERE ] .

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs.

Granted, you may not have yet graduated to Windows 7 and may still be using Windows Vista or XP.  For your convenience, I have listed some great resources on the keyboard shortcuts that are available to each operating system. My favorite keyboard shortcut is “F1” .  You can press that key in nearly any application you are using and get an education.  What is your favorite keyboard shortcut?

List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP

Support4Vista – Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcut Commands

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

FREE eBook – The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts

ADDED Keyboard Shortcut Bonus:
How to get a picture of your computer screen

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Learn How to Use the Boss Button In Windows 7

When Windows 7 was in beta development I was following and trying to learn every tip that I possibly could learn; however, there was one tip that I completely forgot about (and I bet you may have to).

If you have Windows 7 as your operating system on your computer, look at the taskbar (typically at the bottom of your screen) and on the far right side you will see a shaded rectangular block. That rectangular block is actually a button, called the Show Desktop button or what I call the Boss Button.

Boss Button

What purpose does the Show Desktop button (or Boss Button) serve?

If you have a multitude of Windows open and you want to quickly minimize all of those windows to get to and see the desktop, simply click on the Show Desktop button. If you desire to return to where you were working and open the windows back up, simply click the Show Desktop button again.

Why do I call it the Boss button?

An example: If you are at work and playing solitaire (or whatever other thing you are not suppose to be doing on the computer) and the Boss is coming toward your office, simply click the Show Desktop button (or Boss button) and whatever you have on your screen will instantly disappear and minimize to the taskbar. When the boss leaves, click the Boss button again and continue playing solitaire.

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A FREE Screen Zoom and Annotation Tool

Windows 7 (and XP and Vista) has a display utility available, called ‘Magnifier’, that you can use to make the screen more readable. I recently needed such an utility to zoom in on my HTPC (Home Theater PC) screen when browsing the internet. You can get to this utility from the Start Menu (Start>Accessories>Ease of Access) or by typing “magnify” in the “Run” box on the Start Menu or by hitting the “win+plus button” on your keyboard. You have option of various zoom levels available and you can perform a full screen zoom, a region (or lens) zoom or a docked zoom.

Windows Magnifier

The Windows version of the zoom tool is nice; however, my preference for the Home Theater setup is a portable app called ZoomIt.

ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations.

ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs.

ZoomIt

The feature I like the most about ZoomIt is the customizable hot keys. In my Home Theater setup where you need to quickly enlarge the screen, you can zoom in and zoom out, by hitting a few keys on the keyboard. I especially like the ‘LiveZoom’ feature where the screen can be magnified and the screen will move with the mouse. ZoomIt is a great visual aid and enhancement tool for computer users.

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Windows 7 for Seniors

You are probably looking at the title and questioning, “Did Microsoft develop another operating system called Windows 7 for Seniors?”. The answer is, NO! The title is referring to the Dummies Series of books that have been in production since 1991, when the first one published was “Dos for Dummies”. As a matter of fact I was a fan of that book and actually purchased several after that. Believe it or not, it was those few books that helped drive my interest in computers.

Today there are more than 150 million of these books in print that show you how to do everything (i.e. cook, garden, manage, finances, run a business, plan a trip, exercise, eat right, etc.). If you don’t believe me, [click here] .

For the sake of this article and to help out my senior friends there is a “Windows 7 for Seniors for Dummies” book that I recommend to help you navigate and learn the Windows 7 operating system.

Windows 7 for Seniors

Many people I am associated with have the illusion that our children and grandchildren are the teachers of computers since it is part of their generation. Being someone that has used, taught and managed PC’s, this is far from the truth. If you want to learn the basics and have an edge over your children or grandchildren, the “Windows 7 for Seniors for Dummies” is a good place to start.

Learn to:

  • Use the Windows 7 desktop and create your first documents
  • Connect to the Internet and browse the Web
  • View, edit, and print photos
  • Keep in touch by e-mail and play games online
  • Tour the desktop — learn to use menus, the Start menu button, files, and folders
  • Do it — create notes and letters, connect a printer, download photos from your digital camera, and put music on a CD
  • Have some fun — discover Solitaire and other built-in games, listen to music, and watch a movie
  • Use the accessories — display Gadgets on your desktop, draw with Paint, and use the Calculator
  • To keep or not — install additional programs you want and remove those you don’t need
  • Protect your Windows — learn to use the Action Center, download and install virus protection software, and keep it up to date
  • Have it your way — make your screen easier to see, open files with a single click, and even have your computer read to you
  • The wide, wide Web — shop and explore online and learn to stay safe
  • What’s on the taskbar
  • Directions for creating and saving documents
  • Steps for installing a printer and other peripherals
  • How to connect to the Internet anywhere
  • Backgammon and other games you can play online
  • Guidance on protecting your computer from viruses
  • How to send e-mail attachments
  • Advice on backing up documents and photos

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#77)

If you have a yearning to learn about information technology and computers, then be sure to check out the weekly roundup of Geek Squeaks’. The article links you see below are articles and information provided by the sites (and blogs) that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll.

Geek Squeaks'

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway Drawing: SPAMFighter Pro

Laptops Review Central
The many features of Toshiba Folio 100

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Wanted: Cyber Warriors

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Finally, Smooth HD Playback on Slower PCs and Netbooks

Lifehacker
Remains of the Day: How Good Software Makes Us “Stupid

Rarst.net
How to find high quality images of stuff

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites September 13

Mister Reiner
Firefox vulnerabilities give me the creeps!

Gadgetsholic
WebOS 2.0 Screenshot Pictures Leaked

Bookmarks4Techs
Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Canadian Tech Blogger
How To: Adding Liquid Cooling To A PC

thePC Security
Free Software Update Software – Secunia PSI 2 BETA

Right On Technology
Google Instant Search
Introduced, Real-Time Results While You Type

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
WOT (Web of Trust) – Is It The Most Important Browser Security Add-on You Need To Install?

EvilFantasy’s Blog
Flash Cookie Cleaners

Plato On-Line
73% of Americans Hit By CyberCrime

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remover RegistryClever

RGdot
Simple Freeware: Screenshoter And Easy Image Modifier

AKSGEEK Live
Samsung Galaxy Apollo Coming Soon to Telus

Malware Removal Instructions
Remove dating.clicksearch.in (Uninstall Guide)

Chicago Mac/PC Support
Google’s New Scary Security Warning (via Meredith L. Eaton)

I Love Free Software
Create DVD Cover Create CD Cover with UnderCoverXP

Netbook Freeware
The Big Bad Launcher: Simple and Easy to Use
Launcher For Your Netbook

Worthy Tips
Canon PowerShot SD4500IS
available Shooting Modes and Photo Effects

404 Tech Support
Google Maps Instant, YouTube Instant, and YouTube Time Machine

I Want Ice Water
Tokyo in Time Lapse (via Metousiosis)

TTC Shelbyville
Free Sessions for Girl Scout Leaders and Girl Scouts

Snakebytez
Burn Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs with CDBurnerXP

Awesome Wallpapers
Windows Se7en Wallpaper Set 31 (Nature)

Laptop Computer Reviews
What Needs to Stop

What’s On My PC
Is magicJack’s VoIP For You

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#65)

Spend some of your hot summer day, in the cool, reading Geek Squeaks’. If you have an interest in computers and information technology or you just want to learn something NEW, then these sites is where it is at.

Geek Squeaks'

Tech-for Everyone
Software Giveaway Drawing(s) – Oops!Backup

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Improve Your PC’s Performance with ReadyBoost

Lifehacker
Use GOOG-411 and Skype to Call Any U.S.
or Canadian Business for Free

Rarst.net
FeedDemon and Google Reader – best feed reading ever?

AskBillFirst
Windows XP zero-day under attack;
Use Microsofts “fix-it” workaround

Free PC Security
Wondershare Time Freeze – FREE Virtualization

Mister Reiner
When it comes to computer security, people are being brainwashed

Gadgetsholic
Apple iPhone 4 Start to Preorder

Canadian Tech Blogger
200,000,000 Posts… and Counting (via WordPress.com News)

thePC Security
Internet Traffic Monitoring Freeware Tool – iTraffic Monitor

Right On Technology
New Mac Mini Includes Do It Yourself Memory Upgrades

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Access Denied in Windows 7? –
Download Free TOwnership (Take Ownership)

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sorry about all the layout changes

Plato On-Line
Is There an Internet Conspirancy Scam?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Windows Registration Checker

Carol’s Vault
Microsoft unveils its new Xbox and Kinect cam

AKS-Feel The Change
Win A Free Copy of WinX Product Every Week

RGdot
ClipboardFusion: Free Alternative Clipboard Manager

Laptop Reviews Central
Ben Heckendorn introduces blue PS3 Slim laptop

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
In The News – Report: US lacks staff, power to protect networks

Netbook Freeware
Soluto: Make Your Windows Netbook Boot Faster

I Love Free Software
4 Free Alternatives to Dropbox

Worthy Tips
Get Article Ideas using Google

404 Tech Support
Google’s Terms of Service = Not Safe For Work?

TTC Shelbyville
Publish Your Blog as an ePub

My Technology Guide
Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Support Ends July 2010

Awesome Wallpapers
VladStudio Wallpaper Set 7

What’s On My PC
Send Text Message from your Email to a Mobile Phone for FREE

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A Super Downloadable Collection of Windows 7 Shortcuts

Here is something that I really, really liked that is a nice addition to my flash drive and to my Windows 7 computer… The web site “7Tutorials” has put out there a downloadable compilation of over 100 Windows 7 shortcuts. The shortcuts have been organized into folders, in such a manner, that you can readily find what you may be looking for very quickly; faster than all the clicks you would typically make using the Start Menu; faster than the time it takes to remember where it is and what it is you are looking for…

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I love stuff like this and wonder why I did not think of doing something like this myself. The “cool factor” to this is that I can add to, and even customize this (with other techie shortcuts). For example, I have added the “Windows 7 God Mode” folder (with shortcuts) to this collection on my PC (don’t know how it would work from the flash drive on another PC)”.

Another tool for that tech toolbox… The shortcuts are bundled in a zip file and can be downloaded from [ HERE ]. You will find the download link at the bottom of the 7Tutorials web page.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#59)

Have you ever noticed that the world of information technology and computers is forever changing?  If you are looking for a way to keep up; then you need to book mark these sites.  Each week What’s On My PC features random (recently posted) articles (called Geek  Squeaks’) from the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.

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Internet Security Blog
Delete, Remove Virus, Malware with Norton Power Eraser Free

Canadian Tech Blogger
Free Computer (Windows) Starter Kit

TuneUp Blog about Windows
The All-in-One Configuration Tool: Windows 7’s “God Mode”

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Decisions decisions, which one do I choose?

Worthy Tips
BizCardCreator: Create professional looking business card absolutely free

Netbook Freeware
doPDF: Best Free PDF Creator for Netbook

I Love Free Software
5 Free Post It Notes Software

404 Tech Support
Where to Ask Your Tech Questions?

TTC Shelbyville
Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot

Snakebytez
F.lux : Change Your Screen Brightness by Time of Day

Free PC Security
GeSWall Intrusion Prevention

Tech-for Everyone
How are you? (From: Sgt. Edmond Baker)

Rarst.net
Best and worse computing advice – readers’ choice

Lifehacker
Repurpose a Hanger to Tidy Long Cables

Crazy World of G
Orb

thePC Security
Computer Security Tools Download- 4 Free Tools from Microsoft

Right On Technology
FCC Details New Broadband Regulation Plan

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Internet: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Evil Fantasy’s Blog
Download Internet Explorer 8 Optimized for Bing

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Data Protection

What’s On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#57)

It’s that time of the week here at What’s On My PC… Reflected is a rundown of articles, randomly selected, from the past week that have been posted by the friends on the What’s On My PC blogroll. If you have a passion for information technology and computers, these sites are the one’s to visit.

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thePC Security
Ultimate List of Best Portable Antivirus For Your USB

Carol’s Vault
Songr – Download free music from 15 search engines

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove TrustDoctor

Evilfantasy’s Blog
PageAddict Firefox extension

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Principles of Security: Keeping it Simple

Right On Technology
Gizmodo’s Editor Jason Chen’s House Raided

Free PC Security
Avira 10 Installation, Configuration and Test

AskBillFirst
Defective McAfee update causes worldwide meltdown of XP PCs | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

Tech-for Everyone
Amazingly Dangerous Email: Must See To Believe

Rarst.net
Speccy – basic system info tool from Piriform

Lifehacker
Google Earth Arrives Inside Google Maps on the Web
[Google Earth]

Snakebytez
New way to explore disk space usage with Disk Space Fan

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Malware: Infecting the Unexpecting

TTC Shelbyville
Chrome Stats for Nerds

404 Tech Support
Exploring the AT&T U-Verse

Netbook Freeware
FARR (Find and Run Robot): Best Free Application Launcher
for Netbooks

Worthy Tips
Download Microsoft Office 2010 Product Guide(Official)

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager Free

Canadian Tech News Blog
Why flash is like crack

Internet Security Blog
Cannot Delete Print Jobs Queue in Spooler – Use Stalled Printer Repair

Mrintech
Important Security Tips for Online Banking

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com versus Blogger.com

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows 7 (Part 1): How to Change the Visual Style

Plato Press
Cloud and Criminal Networking

What’s On My PC
A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

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FREE Windows 7 Themes

Incorporated into Windows 7 is a very nice personalization feature that allows you to customize and apply themes. With themes you can easily change the visual and sound schemes on your PC.  In a nutshell, a theme includes a desktop background, a window color, sounds, and a screen saver.

Themes are a combination of pictures, colors, and sounds on your computer. It includes a desktop background, a screen saver, a window border color, and a sound scheme. Some themes might also include desktop icons and mouse pointers.

The neat thing about Windows 7 you can download new themes and then individually change a theme’s pictures, color, and sounds to meet your own personal tastes. To personalize your Windows 7,  right mouse click on your Windows 7 desktop and select personalize. You will then be presented with a window where you can manage; and “Change the visuals and sounds on your computer”.

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Where is a good source for Windows 7 themes?

One of the best sources I have come across is directly from Microsoft’s own Personalization Gallery [ HERE ] where there are numerous theme packs available.
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To use one the themes from the Personalization Gallery, simply select a theme, click download, and then open. The theme will then be applied to your desktop and added to the Personalization controls in the Control Panel.  Again, to get to those controls, follow the steps above.

Also, while you are at Microsoft’s Personalization Gallery, note that there are also tab options available to download desktop backgrounds (or wallpapers), desktop gadgets and sideshow gadgets.  All for FREE…

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WeatherBar for Windows 7

So many different ways to track the weather on the internet these days. I came across a simplistic app, called WeatherBar, that integrates with the Windows 7 taskbar to show the weather at a specific location. Just download, unzip to a folder of your choice, and run the WeatherBar executable. Windows 7 and an internet connection is required.

WeatherBar is an application that lets you use the Windows 7 taskbar to display the weather condiitons in the application icon.  instead of constantly switching to the desktop to take a peek at the pinned gadget, the user can simply take a look at the taskbar, or right-click on the application icon to read the forecast.

To change the settings in WeatherBar, click on the “gear” (see below) to change the update interval and whether you want the weather displayed in the metric or imperial formats. To set your location, click on the “pencil” (see below) and enter your zip code.

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You can get WeatherBar [ Here ]

If you are looking for a full blown weather tracking app, check out WeatherPulse [ Here ] .

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

Welcome to this weeks’ edition of Geek Squeaks’…  Each week, What’s On My PC features articles (posted within the past week) from the blogs that are associated with What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you really want to learn more about information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  I encourage you to visit (and bookmark) each of these sites.

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Netbook Freeware NEW
Explore++ : Free, Multi-Tab File Manager
for Windows Netbook

HD Doctor Blog – NEW
Blog about computer repair, computer recovery, computer data backup and so on.

404 Tech Support
Hidden Easter Eggs in Software and The Security Implications

Snakebytez
Send Free SMS Worldwide with FreeSMS 1.4

TTC Shelbyville
Optimize Your Windows 7 or Windows Vista Internet Connection

I Love Free Software
Speccy – Free Software to Get Hardware Info of your System

Worthy Tips
Transform your email into physical mail using MailWriter service

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Windows XP Gets a Facelift! (Part 1) – New Boot Screens

Canadian Tech Blogger
JooJoo And HP Slate Desperately Trying To Out Win Apple iPad

Internet Security Blog
Software to Hide Computer Files & Folders – Freeware

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites April 6

Tech-for Everyone
How To Uninstall Live Messenger

Rarst.net
Prepare to wrestle computer issues unprepared

Lifehacker
CloudApp Instantly Shares Any File, Is My New Favorite Timesaver

AKS-Feel The Change
Facebook Antivirus is FAKE!

Carol’s Vault
Inbox2 – One stream for all your accounts

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Your Protection

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free Microsoft Security Essentials – Kill Malware DEAD!

Right On Technology
iPad Launch Day is here!

Big Geek Daddy
How to Protect Kids Using the Internet

Blogging Fool
WordPress Version 3 To Incorporate Powerful Multi-User Functionality As Beta 1 Is Released

Plato Press
Is the iPad the End Of The Internet?

What’s On My PC
A Digital and Analog Clock Combo…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#50)

If we were measuring time with Geek Squeaks’, I would have to say that time has rapidly passed us by.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly production (links to other blogs) of articles that are produced by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are passionate about information technology and computers there is no better place to stay ahead of the curve than with this weekly collection.  There is something here for everyone!

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Tech-for Everyone
The Best CPU? Hardware Upgrade

thePC Security
Auto Lock / Unlock Computer With USB – Free Download

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 2

Lifehacker
What’s the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What’s the Point?

Rarst.net
Kongregate – free online games collection

AskBillFirst
Many Microsoft Products Going Off Support Soon – Security Watch

Free PC Security
Threatfire Updated March 2010

AKS-Feel The Change
Luxand Blink!-Face Recognition Program for your PC

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Dr. Guard

Plato Press
Millions Stolen Due to Wrong Numbers

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Computer help in all languages

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Google Will Avoid the Desktop Operating System Market

Right On Technology
AT&T Fastest In 3G Wireless Tests

Snakebytez
Run Windows Commands Easily with Commands In Demand

TTC Shelbyville
Microsoft Office Cheatsheets

I Love Free Software
Ant Movie Catalog: Free Software to Catalog your Movies

Worthy Tips
Security Essentials 2010 is a fake anitivirus (Security Alert)

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 10

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Correcting the Slow Log on to Your Windows 7 System

WP Xpert
How To Add a Custom Header To Your WP.com Blog

Big Geek Daddy
Free Software

What’s On My PC
PortableApps Suite

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#49)

If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you need to follow the sites (blogs) listed below that are part of Geek Squeaks’. Each week I pull an article from each of those sites (blogs) to highlight their accomplishments in Geek Squeaks’ of the Week. I encourage you the preview the articles below and pay a visit to each of these sites.

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Scoroncocolo
Google’s Free Programs and Services

Right On Technology
Google Earth Arrives For Android 2.1 Phones

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Comodo Dragon – A More Secure Internet Browser?

Plato On-Line
FBI Now into the PA School ‘Laptop Spying’

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antimalware Doctor

Carol’s Vault
Reblog: 20+ Exceptional Online Professional Image Editors and Drawing Applications

Free PC Security
Site Update

AskBillFirst
Lesson Learned

Tech-for Everyone
Buzz Bombs

Rarst.net
Google Buzz – weird email or weird Twitter?

Lifehacker
Use Windows System Restore to Recover Individual Files

Crazy World of G
Export This

Snakebytez
Liksoft Free Screen Capture Software

TTC Shelbyville
NetSurveyor Wireless Network Survey

I Love Free Software
Do It Again: Automatically Repeat Tasks on your PC

Worthy Tips
Change Windows 7 Start Button
with Windows 7 Start Button Changer

Mrintech
Real Life Photograph which Looks like Oil Painting!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5: Most Popular Google Searchs For 2010

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 9

TuneUp Blog
Educating PC Users on Computer Maintenance

WP Expert
How To Correctly Use The Top Rated Widget

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Learn the Basics of Your Windows 7 Computer

If you are new to computers and recently started using Windows 7, I suggest one of the first points of instruction to look at is under “Help and Support” section; titled “Learn About Windows Basic”.

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You can get to this section by clicking on the “Start Menu”, then on “Help and Support”, then “Learn About Windows Basics”. I have found that the vast majority of people who buy a computer are lost within a short matter of time due to their unfamiliarity with the basic parts of the computer, the navigation of the computer, and the terminology that is associated with the computer. This is one of the first places I send people to learn about their PC and to familiarize them with Help & Support.

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It is very important to learn more about the computer other than turning it on/off and getting on the internet. Learning the basics will make you more knowledgeable and will make your computer experience a comfortable and safe experience. I run into people on a daily basis, who have been using a computer for years and one of my first tests of their knowledge is to ask them something simple such as “How many icons do you see on the taskbar?”.  Nearly every time, the response is “Where’s that? or “What is the taskbar?”.  The “Learn About Windows Basics” help section in Windows 7 does a great job (in short time) by explaining the basics of the computer and the Windows operating system.

Windows Basics topics are designed to introduce you to personal computing and the Windows operating system. Whether you’re a beginning computer user or someone with experience using a previous version of Windows, these topics will help you understand the tasks and tools you need to use your computer successfully.

Microsoft has done a great job in covering these basics with topics such as:

  • Introduction to computers
  • Parts of a computer
  • Using your mouse
  • Using your keyboard
  • Turning off your computer properly

Desktop fundamentals

  • The desktop (overview)
  • The Start menu (overview)
  • The taskbar (overview)
  • Desktop gadgets (overview)
  • Working with windows
  • Using menus, buttons, bars, and boxes

Programs, files, and folders

  • Using programs
  • Working with files and folders
  • Getting started with printing
  • Getting started with Paint

Internet, e‑mail, and networking

  • Getting started with e‑mail
  • Understanding security and safe computing
  • Setting up a wireless network

Pictures and games

  • Working with digital pictures
  • Learn about Windows games

Help and support

  • Getting help

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Enhance Your Right Click Menus with Right Click Extender

When teaching others how to navigate their computers, the one area I find where people neglect is using the “right mouse button” to activate the context sensitive menus.

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These menus often provide a quick solution (or choice) to an action you are looking for to get the job done; and, these solutions (or choices) vary depending on where you are on the computer.  For example the right click context menu in Windows Explorer differs from the right click context menu on your desktop.  As a challenge to the everyday computer user out there, try right clicking your mouse in different areas of your computer to explore the options that are available.  I guarantee, if you learn to use the “right mouse button” you will discover that the majority of functions you typically search for on the toolbar menus is only a “right mouse click” away and will save you mileage on your mouse.

To you “right click menu” power users I found a neat little utility called Right Click Extender that extends and enhances the capabilities of the right click context menus.

According to the author’s site [HERE] , Right Click Extender was primarily designed to work with Windows 7, but should work with Windows Vista as well. While not designed for Windows XP some features will work with XP as well, but if you try it and you don’t find the feature added, this is due to certain features not being available for XP.

So what is the “cool factors” to Right Click Extender?

You can easily enhance and activate some really neat (and useful) options to your File or Folder Right-Click Menu, your My Computer and Desktop Right-Click Menu by simply checking the options that are provided in the program (see below).

For example, you geeksters out there that are into those hidden “God Modes”, this little program will get you to geek heaven quick.

You can also deactivate the options by unchecking the options.

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File and Folder Options:
Option to add or remove Copy To
Option to add or remove Move To
Option to add or remove Admin Command Prompt
Option to add or remove Encrypt/Decrypt
Option to add or remove File List Create
Option to add or remove My Computer God Mode
Option to add or remove Hide File
Option to add or remove Unhide File
Option to add or remove Hide Folder
Option to add or remove Unhide Folder
Option to add or remove Take Ownership

Desktop Options:
Option to add or remove Flip3D
Option to add or remove Desktop God Mode
Option to add or remove Control Panel
Option to add or remove Task Manager
Option to add or remove Administrative Tools
Option to add or remove Registry Editor

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#48)

The hits keep on coming…  Geek Squeaks’ are weekly marvels of articles crafted by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll. If  you have an interest in computers and information technology, I suggest that you bookmark these sites and make them part of your daily reading.

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TTC Shelbyville
Test Drive Windows 7 Online

Snakebytez
Easily import Twitter contacts into Google Buzz with Tw2buzz

I Love Free Software
360Desktop: Desktop Manager Adds 360° View to Desktop

Worthy Tips
How to unsubscribe from a Google Buzz conversation?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with windows live writer. 7

TuneUp Blog
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part One)

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5: Best Laptops

Internet Security Blog
Change DNS Server IP Address Settings With Few Clicks [How To]

thePC Security
Auto Lock / Unlock Computer With USB – Free Download

Lifehacker
Google Says Buzz Needed Wider Testing, Issuing Fixes This Week

Rarst.net
View Microsoft Excel files with native free app

Tech-for Everyone
Briefest Scam Email Ever?

Free PC Security
Valentine’s Day ‘I Love You’ Around The World

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove My Security Wall

WP Expert
Image Organization Workaround For WP.com

Plato On-Line
Company to Care for Pets after Christian Rapture

Evilfantasy’s Blog
BITS from MooSoft

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Two Free Apps to Encrypt Your USB Drive

Big Geek Daddy
Identity Theft Advice

Scoroncocolo
Windows 7 and Vista God Mode

What’s On My PC
Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…

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FREE eBook – The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts

This FREE Ebook is in the PDF and XPS formats.  It features over 200 keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows 7 and its’ default programs.  If you are unfamiliar with keyboard shortcuts, please let me briefly explain.  Instead of using the mouse to typically perform a specific function, you press 2 or more (assigned) keys on your keyboard (in combination)  to perform the function.  Believe it or not, keyboard shortcuts can save a lot of time and effort in comparison to the mouse.

This (very impressive) eBook was professionally crafted, in its’ entirety, by Nitin Agarwal via The Windows Club Forum.  For the everyday computer user and computer tech, this eBook is an excellent “must have” reference guide and learning tool.

This eBook comprises of more than 200 keyboard shortcuts containing almost all the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows 7 and its default programs like Paint, WordPad, MS Office, Calculator, Help, Media Player, Media Center, Windows Journal, Internet Explorer, etc.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#47)

Due to the blizzard conditions here in Maryland, my intro for Geek Squeaks’ is a short one…  I encourage you to take advantage of Geek Squeaks’ and bookmark the sites reflected below that are maintained by some of the best bloggers on the internet.

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Snakebytez
Tweak Windows 7 with TweakNow PowerPack

TTC Shelbyville
Windows 7 Classic View

I Love Free Software
USB Safeguard: Secure Documents on Flash Drive

Worthy Tips
Shout down and wake up your PC
using Windows Mobile with WakeAndShake

Mrintech
Have you created your Google Profile Yet?

Canadian Tech Blogger
Facebook is 6 Years Old, 400 Million Active Users

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with windows live writer 6

TuneUp Blog
How to Install Windows 7 from a USB Thumb Drive

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites February 10

Tech-for Everyone
Warning! The Worst Virus Ever! (Verified by Snopes!)

Rarst.net
Test and choose DNS server that performs best for you

Lifehacker
Easy Poster Printer
Slices and Dices Your Posters for Standard Printers

thePC Security
http://192.168.1.1 Router: Password, Admin List and Details

AKS-Feel the Change
How to Mute System Sound with a Hotkey

Carol’s Vault
SpeedyFox Freeware – improve Firefox startup times

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SecurePcAv

Plato On-Line
The Whiteout at the White House

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Windows Pirates Encouraged to Install Security Patches

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free Windows 7 in a Box – Access Win 7’s Features, Settings, Programs, and Tools Instantly

What’s On My PC
Tips to making that call to Tech Support…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#46)

Geek Squeaks’ are links to articles, that are presented weekly, here on the blog to give recognition to the author’s who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  The articles you see were randomly selected and were recently created within the past (7)-seven days.  I encourage you support these blogs (and sites) by becoming a regular visitor.

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Big Geek Daddy
Resize Pictures for Email with a Free Image Resizer

Freeware Pharmacy
NotePad ++

Free PC Security
PC Tools Firewall Plus V6 – Free

AskBillFirst
Simple Passwords Remain Popular, Despite Risk of Hacking – NYTimes.com

Tech-for Everyone
Another Way To Install A Program On A Netbook

Rarst.net
Native tool to install Windows 7 from flash drive

Lifehacker
Know How Likely You Are to Get Audited

Crazy World of G
Media Monkey

thePC Security
Free Data Recovery from HDD, USB Flash Drive, Memory Card – DiskDigger

AKS-Feel The Change
Scan and Fix Windows XP/Vista Problem Online

Carol’s Vault
Spliter Cell: Conviction delayed again from February to April 2010

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AntiMalware Defender

Teck~Line Lounge
Screenpresso Free Alternative For Snagit (Windows)

Plato On-Line
Beware of Browser Fingerprinting

Evilfantasy’s Blog
System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7
for x64-based  Systems (KB947821)

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Computer Infection? – Search Engine Links Might Be The Culprit

Snakebytez
Recover/Restore deleted files or delete files forever with FileWing

TTC Shelbyville
Control Two Computers with One Mouse and Keyboard

Techolar
Google Social Search – Watch Video

I Love Free Software
6 Best Free Password Managers

Worthy Tips
Philips DC315/37 – A Portable iPhone/iPod Speaker
With FM Digital Tuning

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Freesat DTR review

TuneUp Blog
Performance Check: How 200 New Programs Slow Down Your PC

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5 Best Desktop Computers

Internet Security Blog
Folder, File Manager Utility for Multi-Pane Drag & Drop – QDir

A What’s On My PC Relic
Get better lighting for your computer…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#45)

If you are a person who has a passion (and obsession) for information technology and computers; then, you need to follow Geek Squeaks’.

Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles that have been produced by the bloggers (and site owners) who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community. I endorse each one of these sites and encourage you to visit and bookmark them!

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AKS-Feel The Change
Remove Start Button-Start Killer

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove PCsSecure

Teck~Line
ShowMeWhatsWrong.com
Is a Awesome Screen Recording Tool
To Help Your Non Tech Savvy Friends

Plato On-Line
Would Jesus be Blogging Today?

Geeked Up
Using Magnets to Organize Your USB Cables

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Delete Stubborn Security Applications With Free AppRemover

thePC Security
Most Commonly Used Password List – Avoid It

Crazy World of G
Traitor

Lifehacker
DIY Monitor Shelf Stashes Peripherals Behind Your Monitor

Rarst.net
Kingston SSDNow V+ SNV225-S2 solid state disk

Tech-for Everyone
Johnny Depp car crash death video leads to malware

Free PC Security
Avast 5 Plus Installation Guide

Snakebytez
Android Operating System : Run Android on Your PC

Carputers News and Computers Tips
Another way to get SoftMaker Office 2008 free!

TTC Shelbyville
Speed up Taskbar Thumbnails in Windows 7

I Love Free Software
5 Best Free Screen Capture Software

Worthy Tips
Placefy – Let You Learn New Places Through Online Game

Mrintech
Backup your Online Accounts using Backupify!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Chrome Reaches Version 4 Stable

Internet Security Blog
Setting / Change Default Programs in Windows Computer – DPE

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
The Ribbon Interface, love it or hate it?

TuneUp Blog
How To: Change the Logon Screen in Windows 7

Big Geek Daddy
Free Software

What’s On My
PC Klondike Forever…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#44)

Welcome to the 44th round of Geek Squeaks’.  If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of links to articles produced by bloggers (and site owners) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to pay a special visit to each of these sites to support their incredible work…

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Tech-for Everyone
What is Mobsync?

thePC Security
HDD Password Removal –
Crack, Clear, Unlock, Reset a Locked Hard Disk

Lifehacker
Seems Like Everyone’s Getting Faster Internet but the U.S.

Rarst.net
Colorjive.com – online image editor to paint walls

AskBillFirst
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites January 19

Snakebytez
Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Maker

TTC Shelbyville
Online Network Tools

I Love Free Software
RegKey Backup – Free Software to Registry Backup

Worthy Tips
Download ‘Your Guide to Windows 7′ EBook

Mrintech
Help Haiti People: Donate Online or via Text

Canadian Tech Blogger
Firefox 3.6 RC2 Out

AKS-Feel The Change
What’s My Computer Doing?

Carol’s Vault
PDF Password Remover – remove your PDF’s restrictions

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Security 360

Plato On-Line
World Netizen’s Day

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Safe, Secure Browsing, with Free WOT Browser Add-on

Big Geek Daddy
How to Control Startup Programs

Computer Maintenance
How To Set Windows Automatic Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Mail Wave4, it’s all looking good!

TuneUp Blog
Get More Privacy! How to Remove Personal Information from Files

Internet Security Blog
Auto Lock Computer Screen With USB – Free Download

Geeked Up
6 Important Steps on How to Maximize Firefox Screen Space

Technize
Find Your Files Faster with Windows 7

Whats On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#43)

A week has past and Geek Squeaks’ are here at last…  Be sure to check out these articles posted by bloggers (everyday people like you and me) who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community. Geek Squeaks’ are recent articles (posted within the past 7 days).  There is no order (or method to my madness) in the selection process of articles; all are randomly selected AND all are squeaks from a very elite group of geeks.

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TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog
Make a Shortcut on the Send To Menu

The Abbey Rose
Unmask Parasites accelerator for Internet Explorer 8

I Love Free Software
Comodo Time Machine Better than Windows Restore Point

Technize
Collection of Themes for Windows 7

Computer Maintenance
Computer Repair Tools

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
What is Windows Live?

TuneUp Blog
How To: Control Annoying Messages in Windows 7

Mrintech
Shorten/Change your Facebook Page/Profile URL

Canadian Tech Blogger
Microsoft Stops Selling Office

thePC Security
Free File Search Software For Text String Search

Lifehacker
WebMii Shows You How the Web Sees You

Rarst.net
How to integrate Google search into WordPress site

Tech-for Everyone
What The Inside Looks Like

AskBillFirst
Acer Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard

The PC Security
Malicious Sites January 13

AKS-Feel The Change
Speccy-Portable System Information Tool

Carol’s Vault
Free Screen To Video Freeware – screen capture tool

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SysDefenders

Plato On-Line
Software Patents and Intellectual Piracy

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Comodo System Cleaner –
The Free “Swiss Army Knife” of System Cleaners

Scoroncocolo
Dropbox Is a File Storage, Syncing and Collaboration Tool

Big Geek Daddy
Free Disk Defrag

Internet Security Blog
Password Protect USB Data With Portable Free Encryption Tool

Worthy Tips
Download Official Gmail Tips E-Book

What’s On My PC
When Windows 7 Will Not Boot

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#41)

After a month of moving and no Geek Squeaks’; it is time!  I present to you the 41st version of Geek Squeaks’.  If you are new to the blog, Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles from the author’s associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  This community consists of a group of people, from around the world, that bring to us a vast sea of computer and technology information.  I encourage all of you to bookmark these sites and pay them a visit on a regular basis.  You will not regret it…

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Snakebytez
Hide Windows Drives with NoDrives Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Load and Help Campaign by SoftMaker

TTC Shelbyville
Data Recovery Freeware Roundup

The Abbey Rose
Windows Update Broke?

I Love Free Software
gDoc Creator: Convert Word to PDF and PDF to Word

Technize
Customize And Personalize Your USB Pen Drive

Worthy Tips
Photovisi – Lets You Create Your Own Photo Collage Online Free

Canadian Tech Blogger
Windows 7 Going Over Well With IT Community

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, its not the same……

TuneUp Blog
Enabling DirectCompute for Windows Vista and 7

Free PC Security
Three Words For 2010

AskBillFirst
Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tech-for Everyone
Tech-for Everyone – Computer Shopper Blogs We Like

Rarst.net
Rollip.com – collection of graphical filters for photos

Lifehacker
You Don’t Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows; Here’s Why

Crazy World of G
Truth or Consequences

thePC Security
Data Encryption: A Free, Open Source, Portable, Simple Tool for Windows

AKS-Feel The Change
Change your Drive Icons and background Image

Carol’s Vault
A look back at the past 10 years: the bloody decade

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SystemCleanerPro

Teck~Line
Happy Holiday to Everyone

Plato On-Line
Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009

Evilfantasy’s Blog
The Ultimate Geek TaskForce!

Geeked Up
15.4″ LCD Screen Resolutions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 – Free License Giveaway

Freeware Pharmacy
JPEG Lossless Rotator

What’s On My PC
Double Desktop – Like having two monitors in one…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#39)

Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles from the What’s On My PC blogroll community. This community is a compilation of over 40 blogs that share a common interest in bringing the latest in information technology to your desktop. If you have an interest in information technology, these blogs are the places to visit.

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thePC Security
Using Portable Web Browsers for Internet Security

Computer Too Slow
Windows Device Manager Explained

Crazy World of G
Burn It

Lifehacker
Do You Really Need More Than 4GB of RAM?

Rarst.net
UltraVNC – free solution for encrypted remote access

Tech-for Everyone
5 Tools to Prevent Laptop-Related Injuries and Eye Strain

AskBillFirst
Never forget to back up your files ever again.
Now it’s easy and automatic

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites – December Additions

AKS-Feel The Change
Manage USB Devices with USB Manager

Carol’s Vault
Can’t install WordPress plugins and themes via dashboard

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove RESpyWare

Plato On-Line
The Most Important Technological Artifact (200 B.C.)

GEEKed Up
Ensure Privacy When Using Google Chrome

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Explore as Administrator PowerToy

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition – Knocks Malware DEAD!

TTC Shelbyville
Stop and Encrypt Your Flashdrives

The Abbey Rose
How’s Your Password?

I Love Free Software
OnlineFamily: Manage and Monitor Online Activities of Kids

Technize
Make Windows 7 Super Fast

Mrintech
How to Convert Any Photo into a Sketch?

Freeware Elite
Get to know updated websites real quick with Changedetection.com

Canadian Tech Blogger
CNET Top 5 Most Popular Products for December

Computer Maintenance
Windows Malware Remover tools and techniques

TuneUp Blog
Speed Up Games on Your Windows XP, Vista or 7 System (Part Three)

Freeware Pharmacy
WinMerge

What’s On My PC
Past Versions of Geek Squeaks’ of the Week

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Windows 7 Functions and Settings In A Box

Have you ever been frustrated with navigating the operating system in an effort to find a specific function or setting?  You know it is there, but just can’t seem to remember where exactly you saw it and how you got there.  With the recent public release of Windows 7 I am sure many of you are finding yourselves in that type of situation.

Today I ran across a program, called Windows 7 In A Box,  that will help you navigate and actually learn many of the most common settings (and functions) that are native to the Windows 7 operating system.

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The really cool factor to Windows 7 In A Box is that it is a portable app and can be carried with you (in your tech toolbox) on your flash drive.  I can see myself using this app to quickly assist other Windows 7 client users without having to go through the navigation process of locating specific settings and functions.  Windows 7 In A Box is one of those apps that basically will save you a whole lot of mouse clicks to get where you want to go.

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